Windows Phone 7 had a lot of missing features when it was first released, and that was enough to make it a bit of laughing stock for Android and iOS users. But in a short time, WP7 has come a long way from that half-cooked, copy-paste-missing operating system. And the best part is, it isn’t stopping, WP7 has kept on improving and with the Mango update expected to be released soon, things are looking pretty bright and rosy for the WP7-faithful. Hardly a day passes when a new feature (out of the announced 500) isn’t discovered hidden in the delicious layers of this almost-ripe fruit. The latest to join this list of discoveries is the introduction of talking caller ID in Mango. As Microsoft seeded the Mango beta to developers without any proper feature list, it took some time for people to come across this useful, little nugget.
OK, the functionality is there, and you don’t even need developer unlock for it (until the official Mango update comes out) but it isn’t very obvious where to find it at a glance. Here’s all you’ve got to do.
- Go to your Mango phone’s Settings menu (System settings, not Application).
- Navigate to the option “Ease of access”. Surprisingly our desired setting is located here instead of the Speech menu just below it. Enter Ease of Access.
- You will see the toggle button for turning on talking CLI, which will be Off by default. Flip it on, and from now on your phone will speak out loud the name of the caller on every incoming call.